Hi Fellow Eco Traveller,
This is a site about worldwide ecolodges and ecotravel. I started it several years ago to share knowledge of wonderful locations I’ve visited on my own travels and other great places.
A Different Approach to Easy, Affordable Nature Trips and Vacations
As a trained travel advisor and avid naturalist I can’t get over how expensive it is to take the brand name nature trips. I know they are good programs, but for many people they are simply not on the table. So I take a different approach.
Unbundled Services Can Save You Money and Make a Really Personalised Trip
I worked for years planning tours as a tour operator. Group tours are great but they don’t suit everyone, at least the way they are configured.
For people wanting nature based trips in particular the big tours never seem to get exactly what you want. For me its always a mix of nature, food, photography, meeting real local people and learning about different environmentally based projects. It might be a bit different for you. No preset group tour really does what you want. So it occurred to me to do two things:
- Unbundle trips and let people focus on the parts people want to pre-plan so they don’t miss the really important bits
- Leave unstructured time for personal pursuits and self exploration.
By decoupling the costs of a full-time guide, driver, bus, plus reducing the overhead and administration expenses, I can help you have the experience you look for at a much more sensible price.
Ecolodges Are The Perfect Solution
Ecolodges are not just places to sleep and eat. They are the hubs to explore regions and locales. In fact many ecolodges are the destinations because they feature something the owners have found to be worth saving or regenerating: a great wetland, a clay lick, access to a wildlife area, research projects, a sea shore, an endangered plant, animal or ecosystem, etc.
This site has five main subject areas.
The first describes the the different types of ecolodges. This is important so you don’t get the wrong impression of what the ecolodge is like. Some are very casual and simple camps, some are rural or near communities, some are quite luxurious.
The second subject area has informational blog posts to give background knowledge about certain destinations and ecolodges.
The third are Featured Ecolodges. This list is not exhaustive and it does change from time to time. These are places are noted because they are distinguished in some way. Great birding, great photography, great location from which to explore and experience, or they are just beautiful places to sink into and let the whole experience wash over you.
The fourth contains suggested itineraries. They have been developed by local people and companies to help you get around in an organised fashion. They are not fixed dates or routes. They can modified. If you would like a price to take the tour as laid out or modifed you can contact me.
The last is on using the booking.com system to find, choose and book ecolodges and other places to stay. I am not a huge fan of online travel agencies as they take a large commission from the local businesses and it never gets returned into the area, which is rather counter t the idea of ecotourism. That said, they do provide a handy service for people wanting to make their own plans.
There are many ecolodges off the beaten track and not a few that are somewhat remote and difficult to get to. Travel to foreign countries can be complicated possibly requiring visas and permits, not to mention language barriers, health considerations, diet and mobility challenges.
I recommend that you contact me for assistance in the logisitics of getting “to and from” safely and with minimal stress. We offer a full range of travel services including air and land travel programs as an independent travel advisor with Flight Centre Travel Group. Contact me here.
For easy to get to places where you can travel on your own, I encourage you to use the booking.com links on this website whenever you want to make a hotel or ecolodge booking. (We do get a small affiliate fee that helps finance this website.) I have made it a little easier to find ecolodges and allies by prefiltering regions and destinations and then giving direct links to Featured Ecolodges. I have tips on using booking.com to find what you’re looking for because there no categories for these really great places. I am continually adding and improving this area so please bookmark the site come back once in a while.
I continue to travel when I can and post all kinds of new information about worldwide ecolodges, events, workshops, programs or tours that I or my friends and colleagues are offering.
In the meantime, checkout the progress on our own natural building project below.